Genesis, Chapter 26, Verse 24
The same night the LORD appeared
to him (Isaac) and said: I am the God of Abraham, your father. Do not FEAR, for I am with you. I will bless you
and multiply your descendants for the sake of Abraham, my servant.
Often times when are lives are full of trouble it is hard to think of God’s presence and to realize we are His children, and we should be about His business. Isaac is involved in a dispute over water rights. In a sparsely watered land, wells were precious and claims on water could function as a kind of claim on the land. God helps Abimelech, the King, to realize that Isaac has brought blessing to his people and thus to desire to make a covenant with him the day following Isaac’s dream. When I was in the military, we had a witty maxim for this; “It is hard to remember your mission was to drain the swamp when you are up to your arse in alligators.” When our lives are so busy fighting off the alligators that we do not take time to listen or pray to God; that is when God may approach us in our dreams. Isaac was reassured by God not to fear for He is with Him.
this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer
through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith,
more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may
prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter: 6-7)
Orthodox New Year
Orthodox New Year is celebrated as the first day of the New Year as per the Julian calendar. Orthodox New Year is a celebration of the year to come. It is often referred to as Old New Year, and is celebrated by Orthodox churches in Russia, Serbia, and other Eastern European countries on January 14. Although most countries have adopted the Gregorian calendar, where New Year's Day is January 1, the Orthodox Church still follows the Julian calendar, which places Christmas on January 7 and New Year's a week later.
· Russian Orthodox churches in the United States hold church services often with festive dinner and dancing to celebrate the holiday. The traditional dishes include meat dumplings, beet salad, pickled mushrooms, tomatoes, and cucumbers along with vodka.
· Orthodox Serbians also celebrate Old New Year, which is sometimes called the Serbian New Year. Many Serbians Orthodox churches hold services, followed by dinner, and dancing.
· Although the Old New Year is a popular holiday for many practicing the Orthodox faith, it isn't an official holiday.
· Macedonians, including those living in the United States, also celebrate Old New Year's with traditional food, folk music, and visiting friends and family.
· Many Russians enjoy extending the holiday season by including Orthodox New Year in it.
Orthodox New Year Top Events and Things to Do
· Enjoy a dinner dance at Orthodox Church with native cuisine folk music.
· Learn to cook some Russian or Eastern European dishes. One of the most important Russian dishes during the holiday season is kutya, a porridge made of grain, honey and poppy seeds. It symbolizes hope, happiness, and success.
· Rent a movie Dr. Zhivago (1965). It depicts some of the lavish parties held during the holidays right before the Russian Revolution. The film is based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak.
Please pray for the intentions of my daughter Candace Faith, whose name means “Shining Faith” pray that the “Candace can do miracles”!